Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On March 8, 1777, Native Americans set fires to isolated cabins around Fort Harrod to draw the settlers out. Some settlers fought through the woods and made it to the fort, with four settlers wounded and one killed.
On March 8, 1780, Colonel Richard Callaway, Pemberton Rawlings, and three enslaved people worked on a ferry boat about a mile above Boonesborough when the Shawnees fired upon them. They scalped, burned, and then rolled the Colonel in mud. Pemberton Rawlings also died. The two pioneers were buried in a single grave within the old Boonesborough Fort. One slave escaped to tell the news, and Native Americans captured the other two.
Kentucky Trivia: “Probably no single man accomplished more than did Colonel Richard Callaway in laying the foundation that culminated in the admission of Kentucky into the Union on June 1, 1792.” This was a quote by R. Alexander Bate in an article published in The Filson Club History Quarterly.
March 8, 1951, the following died in the Korean War:
Army MSG James I. Burns from Pike County
Army PFC Willie l. Collier from Floyd County
Army PVT Allen Higgs Jr. from Daviess County
Navy LCDR John J. Magda from Camp Taylor in Jefferson County
Army CPL Irvin H. Packo from Christian County
Army PFC William T. Wirotzious from Jefferson County
March 8, 1969, the following died in the Vietnam War:
Army CPL Alfred E. Alvey Jr. from Morganfield in Union County
Army SGT Jewell C. Blankenship from Hopkinsville Christian County
Army CPT Emrath P. John from Lexington
Air Force LtCOL Paul E. Garrett from Bowling Green in Warren County
Army PFC Paul D. Haydon from Louisville
Army SP4 John R. Hornsby 19470113 from Paducah McCracken County
March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali (31-1) fought Joe Frazier (27-0) in Madison Square Garden. In “The Fight of the Century,” the two men split an unprecedented $5 million purse for the richest and most publicized bout in history. Ali called Frazier an Uncle Tom. Frazier fumed and trained like never before. Frazier won a unanimous 15-round decision in one of the fiercest fights of all time while handing Ali his first loss.
March 8, 1976, Jack Givens lead a late rally with Rick Robey and Mike Phillips as the Wildcats outlasted the Bulldogs in an exciting overtime win. It was the last UK’s men regular season game at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky Trivia: The last time Memorial Coliseum played home to the men’s UK basketball team was an exhibition game against Marathon Oil in November 1976. Five days later they opened their season in Rupp Arena.
Sunday, March 8, 2020, Kentucky announced three cases of coronavirus, bringing the state total to four in Harrison, Fayette, and Jefferson Counties. Simultaneously, the Surgeon General told the public, “masks do not work for the general public.” Also on this day, Dr. Fauci stated on 60 Minutes “people should not be walking around with masks on.”
March 8, 2021, for the 1st time in a year, Lexington students returned to middle and high schools where they practiced covid-19 protocols. These included temperature checking, masks, desk shields if requested, contact tracing, and SOP for students entering and leaving classes.